Tips for a Green, Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day
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Tips for a Green, Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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CloverThis St. Patrick’s Day, why not have a green celebration that goes beyond what you wear or how you decorate your party? There are tons of ways to have an eco-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration without having to sacrifice too many of the traditions you already enjoy! Below are a few tips for “greener” meals, drinks, activities and more!

Buy Organic Beer

For adults, beer is a major part of many St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This year, why not give an organic brewery a try? These beers are made with organic hops and are typically brewed in a sustainable facility. If organic is difficult to find in your area, try drinking at a local brewery. This is more environmentally friendly since there are smaller transport costs.

If it’s an absolute tradition to enjoy the commercial brands, order one from the tap when you’re out at a restaurant. It isn’t as wasteful as bottles or cans. If you’re enjoying a bottled or canned beer, be sure to recycle! Check out our suggestions for natural ways to make a green beer!

Cut Back on the Meat!

Many traditional Irish dishes require meat and lots of it. The raising and processing of meat takes quite a toll of the environment. Traditional dishes like beef stew or shepherd’s pie can still be enjoyed with just a little less meat (or none at all). Like making beef stew? Use more veggies and less meat, or have a hearty vegetable stew instead. You can also use a meat substitute like seitan or tofu in place of the beef. Is shepherd’s pie your go to on St. Patty’s Day? Try making a veggie shepherd’s pie with organic vegetables.

Recycled Decorations

Do you or your kids enjoy decorating the house with green clovers and leprechauns? Instead of buying commercial decorations, you can have fun at home making your own. Use paper grocery bags to color or paint 4-leaf clovers and leprechauns, cut them out, and have fun decorating!

Plant Some Green!

What better day to celebrate your green lifestyle than St. Patrick’s Day? This year, buy some organic seeds and add to your garden! You could even buy some organic clover seeds! Clover makes your lawn appear greener since it stays green even when your lawn has gone brown. It holds moisture, smells great, and even attracts bees, which would be helpful in your garden! Next year, you and your kids can have fun hunting for the elusive 4-leaf clover!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.